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Category Archives: Enjoying parenting

Ready, set, go….the holidays are here!


The holidays are HERE, and for parents of young children this season can be wonderful, but also full of challenges.  If you are looking for perfect holiday experiences, you are destined to be disappointed.  You can have a wonderful season with family, friends, AND sanity if you begin with realistic expectations.  Reality is that families …

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How to handle separation anxiety…or how to leave with a child holding on to your leg!


Nothing worse than leaving a child screaming for you not to go…but most kids will have separation anxiety at some point! I watched a poor Mom try to leave her toddler in the child care area of the place I work out in the other day.  The toddler was screaming, hanging on her leg, and …

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Do Parents Need a “Media Diet”?


What are we and our kids missing when we are “plugged in” to a screen rather than each other? I have become connected to my phone….more than I ever would like to admit that I am.  I didn’t always have a “smart phone”, but I now can’t imagine not having constant connection.  Because of this, …

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How do you play with a toddler?


“I think of play as a toddler’s number one essential vitamin.  He needs large doses of it every day.  Play:  Thrills the senses.  Helps toddlers master movement.  Stretches the mind.  Stimulates language use.  Boosts friend-making skills.  Stimulates the immune system.  Builds self-confidence.  Improves nighttime sleeping.” Dr. Harvey Karp, MD  The Happiest Toddler on the Block                                                    …

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Infants need play time too!


You are your baby’s first toy!  Play time is important for infants too!  Infants play by moving, by looking (especially you and that funny face), by exploring with hands, feet, and mouth, and by interacting physically (a little tickle), emotionally, and verbally.  The time your baby spends playing with you is invaluable.  You don’t have …

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Children’s reaction to the recent national tragedies, how can a parent help.


  The last few weeks it has been very difficult to watch the news, anyone who has a heart has felt it break. Our nation has experienced hurricanes, floods, and now a tragic mass shooting.  Daily we have seen images of hurt, pain, and fear.   We have seen families who have lost their homes, belongings …

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“Sleep like a baby” Really?


Establishing a calming routine before bed is important! When I brought our oldest Corri home from the hospital, I thought I knew about the sleep patterns of infants.  After all, I had the degrees to prove that I was an “educated” Mom!  The truth is, nothing can prepare you for the lack of sleep that …

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Celebrate the 4th safely…be careful with sparklers!


The 4th of July is this week!  It is the epitome of summer to me.  Cook outs, parades, watermelon, homemade ice cream, family time, and of course fireworks.  I know there will be many children who will be celebrating the day with sparklers.  Many parents feel that sparklers are a harmless “fire work” that the youngest …

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We need Dad’s to be involved in parenting….encourage it!


Brad  as “King for a day!”  He has always been a “hands on” Dad! Dads have a special role in their kids’ lives.  I believe that my parenting would have been incomplete without Brad, but I could have very easily discouraged his involvement very early on.  I was a “gatekeeper” Mom; I needed and wanted …

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Swim Season is here…keep your child safe!


We have spent many summer days at the pool or beach!  It is a part of summer and kids! Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching.  That means the beaches and pools will be open!  Summer water fun can be wonderful for children; most of us have great memories of the lazy days of summer spent …

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